Artnet Features Three Chinese Artists on Its Top 10 List

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Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese artist, Chinese art auction

Artnet, a leading online service provider for the international art market, has released its Top 10 Artists List of 2013, which features three Chinese artists, according to China Daily.

The list, which measures the annual sales of each artist’s works on the auction circuit, placed Zhang Daqian at number three, Qi Baishi at number five, and Zao Wou-Ki (Zhao Wuji in Pinyin) at number nine. Andy Warhol ranked number one with sales of US$427.1 million for the year.

Zhang Daqian, who was a world-renowned painter during his lifetime and known as “The Picasso of the East,” was number three on the list and made US$320.6 million on the auction circuit in 2013. Known as the most prolific Chinese artist of the 20th century, Daqian left China in 1949, due to the political climate, and moved to Argentina, Brazil, and California before settling in Taipei, Taiwan in 1978.

Qi Baishi’s works earned US$265.6 million in 2013 and placed him at number five on the list. With his playful style, Baishi is one of the most well-known contemporary Chinese artists in painting, calligraphy, poetry, and carpentry. After traveling around China, Baishi settled in Beijing in 1917. He is best known for his watercolors and drew influence from Bada Shanren, a Qing Dynasty painter, and Xu Wei, an artist from the Ming Dynasty.

Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki, best known for his abstract paintings that mix eastern and western elements, brought in US$153.8 million in 2013, which ranked him at number nine on the list. Wou-Ki traveled all over the world, and incorporated these foreign styles into his own work. In fact, Wou-Ki became a French citizen in 1964 and was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Each of these artists are masters at the Chinese style of painting and dominate the painting and calligraphy section of Artnet’s website. Other notable artists that made the list were Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.

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